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Author: DFNS

The 2020 Asia–Pacific outlook

By Graeme Dobell Render the strategic outlook for 2020 into a core conundrum: How goes the new era of great-power competition? Is it to be security confrontation and economic decoupling? The crystal ball is...

Will Indonesia wind the clock back to the New Order?

By Donald Greenlees Joko Widodo begins his second term contemplating the legacy he will bequeath as Indonesia’s seventh president and with precious little time to do it. His inauguration on 20 October marked the...

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Aakriti Bachhawat and Malcolm Davis The world NATO members met in London this week to celebrate the alliance’s 70th anniversary and discuss the increasing number of challenges they face. But instead...

Eight norms for stability in cyberspace

By Joseph S. Nye In little more than a generation, the internet has become a vital substrate for economic, social and political interactions, and it has unlocked enormous gains. Along with greater interdependence, however,...

40 years in the Pacific

By Caleb Jarvis As a young boy growing up in Papua New Guinea (PNG), every Saturday Dad would drive up a windy road that overlooked 2-Mile settlement in Port Moresby, where people went about...

The Afghanistan enigma

By Mohammed Ayoob No one—not the Afghan government, the higher-ups in the Trump administration, or the Taliban leadership—is sure of the course of American policy towards Afghanistan in the immediate future. Only two things...

Field notes from the foothills of the new cold war

By Peter Jennings The growing pace of strategic change means that every week brings more data points charting the Indo-Pacific’s slide towards a riskier, more dangerous reality. Tokyo More than 300 attendees of the...

National security wrap

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard The beat AFP and Europol trap cyber rats Law enforcement agencies from Europe and Australia have dismantled an international cybercrime operation involving the use of malware...

Macron’s NATO mistake

By Dominique Moisi Who in Europe today has a strategic vision of the world that takes account of radical changes to the global order and transcends lazy and comfortable conventional wisdom? At the risk...

Motovilikha’s Year

By Russian Defense Policy 2S1 Gvozdika 122-mm SP howitzers leaving the factory in Perm In September, we checked in on Motovilikha and its contract to produce 20 Tornado-S multiple launch rocket systems for the...

Who’s leading, and where are we going?

By Rod Lyon and Aakriti Bachhawat Global leadership works best when liberal great powers embrace a shared, inclusive vision of global order, jointly manage the challenges to that order, and fund the public goods...

The Adams-class guided-missile destroyers and the RAN

By David Shackleton From its origins in 1901 until the late 1950s, through its deep association with the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy became unmistakably British in outlook, practices and culture. It was...

Has Macron gone too far?

By Slawomir Sierakowski You can be talented, handsome, rhetorically skilled and politically brave, and yet suffer for it. In the long run, prudence and restraint are crucial ingredients of successful leadership, and it is...